Online gamers invited to vote for favourite science-inspired game
SUMMARY: Help the Royal Society choose one of four online science-inspired video games to receive additional development funds
Image courtesy of The Royal Society. (Summer Science Exhibition Game Jam 2013).
Are you a science geek who loves playing online games? If so, then the Royal Society is seeking your help: they are inviting you play and then vote for your favourite science-inspired online game. These games were developed by a special collaboration between scientists and game developers under the auspice of the Royal Society. The winning game will receive additional development funds.
These online games were created on 24 May during a 12-hour Game Jam that was hosted by the Royal Society. The games were intended to present cutting-edge science and technology to the public, especially during this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.
"The Summer Science Exhibition is all about communicating the wonders of science to the public in new and exciting ways", said Professor Peter Sadler FRS, in a press release. Professor Sadler is the chair of this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition selecting committee.
To do this, scientists and experienced game developers worked together to create video games that are both fun and scientifically accurate.
"It was great to see the enthusiasm with which scientists and developers alike approached the gruelling 12 hour Game Jam", said Professor Sadler. "The games that they were able to develop in such a short time are absolutely fantastic."
Four games are now available for you to play for free. If you are lucky enough to attend the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, you can play these games there at special playstations. Otherwise, you can download these games for free onto your electronic devices from either the Royal Society or the IndieCity websites.
- A Pinch of Salt: a race-the-clock game where you pilot an ocean glider and measure sea salt, trying to cover as much area as possible in a limited time. Developed by Kanko and the University of East Anglia.
- Cell Invaders: a puzzle-action game where you learn how bacteria use sugars on a cell's surface to attack it. Developed by Robin Baumgarten, Gorm Lai, Benjamin Donoghue and the University of Manchester.
- Out Both Ends: a biomedical puzzle game where you identify the source of a disease outbreak. Developed by Opposable Games, Force of Habit and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
- Quantum Revolution: a shoot-em-up game based on quantum physics. Developed by Bossa Studios and Toshiba Research Europe Ltd.
After you've played these games, you can then vote for the one that you most enjoyed -- the game that you think best explains the science, that is the most playable and the most fun. The winning game will be awarded additional funding for further development; perhaps by adding more levels or additional characters or by making it available on more devices.
"I've certainly had a wonderful time trying out all of the games and I look forward to seeing which game triumphs in the public vote!" said Professor Sadler.
Voting ends on Sunday, 7 July 2013.
The Summer Science Exhibition 2013, which is held in London between Tuesday, 2 July, through Sunday, 7 July, is FREE and open to the public.
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NOTE: this piece was edited slightly from the original, which was published on the Guardian.
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